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Calling All Searchers

Hat tip to Dario Bonacina at the New Blog Times for a report on Vic Gundotra’s remarks at the Web 2.0 expo on Google’s migration to voice activated searches, which would be a killer app for mobile phones.

According to a report on CNET: Mobile is central to Google’s work. The company already offers a search application for the iPhone and some other models that lets people issue queries by speaking rather than just typing. The accuracy of the speech recognition has improved 15 percent in the last quarter, Gundotra said, and usage of the service is growing fast. . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

Canadian Library Association – Emerging Technologies Interest Group & Library Camp

A number of great things are emerging from “library land” following last week’s Computers in Libraries conference in D.C.. As a pre-conference event to the upcoming Canadian Library Association conference in Montreal May 29-June 1, 2009, the CLA Emerging Technologies Interest Group has organized some workshop sessions with prominent emerging technologies librarian Jessamyn West for the morning of Friday, May 29th. In the afternoon they will be holding a “Library Camp” of unconference sessions. This will be a fantastic opportunity to bring some of our brightest minds together to nudge Canadian libraries into the future. Cost is $100 . . . [more]

Posted in: Education & Training: CLE/PD, Legal Information, Technology

This Week’s Biotech Highlights

Last week Canada was all about new funding for VCs; but this week in the U.S. saw Essex Woodland Health Ventures close a new(-ish) $900 million bio fund , and even Google will apparently put some of its new $100 million venture fund into bio investments.

This week also saw one of my personal annual Canadian highlights: the 2009 Gairdner Award winners were announced. Here’s one area where we don’t need to trumpet anything to be world-class. 73 Gairdner winners in the last 50 years have also become Nobel laureates. Keep an eye out for the 50th . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Substantive Law, Technology: Internet

Audio Search

Lawyers often need to know what people are saying. This became apparent to me today when gathering material for sentencing submissions and I was asked to gather material on the scope of publication of the offence.

I looked at the usual suspects:

During my peek I found a couple of text articles on radio station websites. I know that Slaw readers will share my Ah Ha moment.

The web is filled with different types of media, including streaming . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

Quebec Legal Info Service CAIJ Launches Mobile Research

CAIJ, the Centre d’accès à l’information juridique (the network of law libraries associated with the Québec Bar Association), today launched a mobile version of its suite of free online legal research products.

CAIJ | mobile will provide access to:

  • CAIJ’s online catalogue
  • its databases of legislation, case law and legal literature
  • JuriBistro TOPO, the CAIJ knowledgebase of hundreds of legal questions and answers from 57 fields of law
  • access to Quebec Bar Association publications such as Développements récents (annual reviews of areas of law), the Collection de droit (Bar School materials), and proceedings of the annual Bar Association congresses
. . . [more]
Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Libraries & Research, Technology

The Dumbest Windows Feature Ever: “Full Menus Off”

Many installations of Microsoft Office have “Full menus” disabled (it is the default setting when Office is installed). What does this mean? You will see only a few items on any menu you select (File, Edit, View, etc.). And, to find a menu command that you don’t use often or have never used before, you have to click the two downwards pointing chevrons at the bottom of the menu – this forces Windows to show all the available commands on that menu. You can also double-click the menu to expand it.

When you expand one menu, all of the menus . . . [more]

Posted in: Technology

No Skype for iPhone… in Canada


I was all set to see how I could shave some points off my various phone bills, only to discover that Skype is available for the iPhone today in every country in which Apple has an iTunes Store except Canada. The CBC had the story yesterday, but I missed it. According to a Skype spokesperson, the problem has to do with patents relating to the Skype application. This means that when Skype is released for the BlackBerry in May, it will be for those in every country except the one in which the thing was created. . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Technology

Social Media Marketing for Lawyers

I first met Michael Rabinovici at a Legal Marketers Association (LMA) event on Social Media Success. We’ve stayed in touch periodically since, and he helps run a strategic consultation company, AR Communications Inc.

He recently gave a presentation on social media marketing and lawyers that I thought would be of interest to our readers, so I asked him to upload his slides and audio to SlideShare.

Posted in: Practice of Law, Practice of Law: Marketing, Technology

The Challenge of Making Legal Information Publicly Accessible

My apologies for starting this post with a pic, but

A woman in a hotel room in Uganda is making judgments ready for the scanner.

It demonstrates graphically the challenges faced in making legal information publicly accessible through a Legal Information Institute. That’s the topic of an excellent blog posting by Kelly Anderson of Southern African Legal Information Institute – SAFLII – over at VoxPopuLII, which is a guest-blogging project sponsored by Tom Bruce and our friends across the lake at the Legal Information Institute at the Cornell Law School.

We may be complacent in North America about our . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Publishing, Substantive Law, Substantive Law: Legislation, Technology

Translation Needed: Podcasting Legal Guide for Canada

Podcasting Legal Guide for Canada

The Podcasting Legal Guide for Canada by Kathleen Simmons and Andy Kaplan-Myrth was first officially released back in June 2007 by Creative Commons Canada (see my Slaw post from June 29, 2007). Now they have put out a call to translate the Guide in an open source style, via Traduwiki. Their goal is to have it translated into French, although Traduwiki has the infrastructure to allow for translation into a number of different languages.

If you can help in the translation, please make your contribution via the wiki.

Photo: by Connie . . . [more]

Posted in: Legal Information, Legal Information: Information Management, Legal Information: Publishing, Substantive Law, Technology

This Week’s Biotech Highlights

A week full of money: the Ontario Budget was announced Thursday, and it contained about $700 million of spending on innovation, including $300 million for research infrastructure and $250 million for the previously-announced Emerging Technologies Fund. Reactions were pretty positive, but badly in need of a thesaurus. The proof of the pudding is in the allocation though — in terms of benefits for biotech — the first commitment from the $205 million Ontario Venture Capital Fund turns out to be to a new VC that is more interested in software than soft tissue.

Here’s $100 . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Technology: Internet

The GhostNet Report

The news is full of the revelation from the universities of Toronto and Ottawa that a significant internet spy network has infiltrated more than 1,200 computers in over 100 countries, an operation seemingly run from China. (See the New York Times story and the BBC story.) The report, “Tracking GhostNet: Investigating a Cyber Espionage Network,” a product of cooperation between the SecDev Group at Ottawa and the Munk Centre for International Studies at Toronto, is available online via Scribd. . . . [more]

Posted in: Substantive Law, Technology